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defile

verb [T] uk   us   /dɪˈfaɪl/ formal
to spoil something or someone so that that thing or person is less beautiful or pure: It's a shame that such a beautiful area has been defiled by a rubbish dump. The soldiers deliberately defiled all the holy places.
defilement
noun [U] uk   us   /-mənt/

defile

noun [C] uk   us   /dɪˈfaɪl/ literary
a very narrow valley between two mountains
Translations of “defile”
in Chinese (Traditional) 玷污,褻瀆,糟蹋…
in Russian осквернять, пятнать…
in Turkish bozmak, kirletmek, lekelemek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 玷污,亵渎,糟蹋…
in Polish bezcześcić, brukać…
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